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Fame by Leonore Fleischer

Published November 7, 2022

Fame by Leonore Fleischer

I have a battered old physical copy of this novelisation from the film and had actually read it a few times before I’d even seen the film. It was different reading it after enjoying the movie experience, as the characters were so much more vivid and crystallised in my mind. The book is actually a pretty close retelling of the film, aside from dipping into the thoughts that you don’t necessarily get to share on screen, it’s scene for scene the same - so a great read but potentially not adding much to the experience.

Congo by Michael Crichton

Published September 1, 2021

Congo by Michael Crichton

I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Crichton, and I think I must have read this before but I didn’t remember a lot about it as I revisited it via audiobook. The interesting concept of communicating with animals takes centre stage here, alongside a bigger plot regarding a race to the exotic minerals in the middle of the jungle. It’s the traditional Crichton fare, intricate and highly researched details hanging on a thriller of a story. I don’t know that it will take its place as one of my favourite of his books, but it reads well and keeps you guessing, and that’s good enough for me.

Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James

Published August 5, 2020

Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James

Clive James is a bit of an institution, a national treasure of both Australia and the UK, and it was with sadness that I saw he had passed away last year. This is the first of his series of memoirs, chronicling his early years in Australia, and the vast variety of scrapes he got into.